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January 3, 2009

Becker skates past PSU Men’s Ice Hockey

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         WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Becker College got goals from four different players Saturday evening and skated past Plymouth State University, 4-2, in a non-conference men's ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.

         Plymouth State trailed 3-0 entering the third period and got on the board with an early power play goal, but the Hawks answered seven minutes later to regain the three-goal advantage.  PSU added a goal with two minutes remaining but Becker held on for the win.  The Hawks are now 4-9-0 on the season, while the Panthers slip to 3-8-0.

         Junior Mike Caprio (Valencia, Calif.) and freshman Martin Oberg (Leksand, Sweden) tallied first period goals to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead, Oberg with his first career marker.  Senior John Nogatch (Kirkland, Wash.) made it 3-0 for the visitors with two minutes left in the second period.

         Sophomore defenseman Bryan Horrigan (Brookfield, Wis.) put the Panthers on the board with a PPG at 6:04 of the third, but freshman Brian Murray (Manalapan, N.J.) stopped any comeback with a Becker goal at 12:51.  Sophomore Kyle Tobin (Kanata, Ont.) rounded out the scoring for PSU with two minutes to play.

         Becker finished with a 30-26 advantage in shots on goal.  PSU freshman goalie Allen Schneider (Strongsville, Ohio) made 26 saves, while junior Tony Stoehr (Depere, Wis.) earned the win in the Becker goal with 24 saves.

         Plymouth State returns to ECAC Northeast Conference action on Tuesday with a visit to Western New England College for a 7:20 p.m. face-off.  Becker plays again Wednesday in a non-conference contest at Manhattanville (6:00 p.m.)

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